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Sulabh wins United Nations' Renewable Energy Award

Press Trust Of India  |  New Delhi 

Sulabh International, the pioneer of sanitation sector in India, has been selected for this year’s Renewable Energy Award.

The award will be presented to Sulabh founder Bindeshwar Pathak at United Nations headquarters on June 11 in New York, a statement issued by the NGO said on Thursday.

The UN’s Inter-governmental Renewable Energy Organisation (IREO) has selected Sulabh, recognising its incredible strides in promoting and changing the standards of sanitation in India as well other parts of the world. Notably, the NGO has developed an indigenous two-pit toilet technology which is not only cost effective but also produces bio-gas.

Modelled on the status and integrity of the Nobel Prize, the award recognises achievements of individuals and institutions in response to the crisis of climate change and sustainable global energy resources.

It also said that the annual awards ceremony also draws attention to future energy issues which constitute some of the most urgent challenges facing worlds leaders today.

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First Published: Fri, June 05 2009. 00:17 IST